It took years of struggling with endometriosis, a painful condition that causes the uterine lining to grow outside the uterus, and a heartfelt plea from her doctor before actress Tia Mowry seriously considered a foray into the wellness space. "I was so used to doctors writing prescriptions and saying, 'See you later,' but this was the first doctor that I felt seemed to care," Mowry tells Woman's Day.
After several surgeries and prescribed pain medications, her doctor explained that if Mowry was to experience any significant change in her quality of life — including a better chance of becoming pregnant — she would need to alter that life significantly. "She cared about my wellbeing, and she cared about my happiness," Mowry says. "She said, 'Tia, we need to change your lifestyle, starting with your diet.'"
Mowry immediately started researching food options and available supplements, tracked down health and wellness authors, including Donna Gates, who penned The Body Ecology Diet, and Jessica Porter, who wrote The MILF Diet. She took cooking classes and made changes in her own diet. She avoided foods that cause inflammation in the body, practiced meditation, and began taking supplements. "Once I saw this huge change and shift in myself, I didn't want to keep that to myself," she says. "I wanted to share my story."
In order to adequately share her story with others, Mowry created Anser, a supplement brand that makes vitamins for women, men, and kids. Beyond the details of her own health journey, it was the utter lack of diversity she saw in the wellness industry that moved her to start a brand that centered around diversity and inclusivity. "I didn't see women of color or women of diversity being represented in the wellness and health industry," Mowry says. "It's so important that you see representation because that brings relatability." She hoped to "start a dialogue with someone who didn't feel included or represented in this space," to both inspire women to prioritize their own wellness and say, in no uncertain terms, "I see you. You are not alone."
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